Proceedings

White Papers and Reports


Proceedings


Proceedings from the following USSD Annual Conferences are available online. Each paper is downloadable as a .pdf file.

Innovative Dam and Levee Design and Construction for Sustainable Water Management
32nd Annual USSD Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 23-27, 2012


21st Century Dam Design — Advances and Adaptations
31st Annual USSD Conference
San Diego, California, April 11-15, 2011


Collaborative Management of Integrated Watersheds
30th Annual USSD Conference
Sacramento, California, April 12-16, 2010


Managing Our Water Retention Systems
29th Annual USSD Conference
Nashville, Tennessee, April 20-24, 2009


The Sustainability of Experience — Investing in the Human Factor
28th Annual USSD Conference
Portland, Oregon, April 28 - May 2, 2008


Modernization and Optimization of Existing Dams and Reservoirs
27th Annual USSD Conference
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 5-9, 2007


The Role of Dams in the 21st Century
26th Annual USSD Conference
San Antonio, Texas, May 1-6, 2006

White Papers and Reports


Observed Performance of Dams During Earthquakes, Volume III. This report is the third in a series (Volume I - 1992; Volume II - 2000) prepared by the USSD Committee on Earthquakes. As with the earlier two volumes, the report includes general observations on the performance of embankment and concrete dams, Table 1 listing case histories and references on dams affected by earthquakes, and descriptions of observed performance for 12 selected dams.

Development of a Dam Safety Instrumentation Program. A well designed and executed instrumentation monitoring program can provide information that is needed for a solid understanding of the ongoing performance of a dam and may help detect early warning signs of trouble. A good dam safety monitoring program should be a key part of every dam owner’s risk management program. This White Paper was prepared by the USSD Committee on Monitoring of Dams and Their Foundations.


Instrumentation Data Collection, Management and Analysis. The purpose of a dam instrumentation and monitoring program is to monitor the ongoing performance of the project so that conditions of concern can be quickly identified and properly addressed. Proper data collection, management, and analysis are vital for identifying and responding to these conditions so that the project can be operated safely. This White Paper was prepared by the USSD Committee on Monitoring of Dams and Their Foundations.


Routine Instrumented and Visual Monitoring of Dams Based on Potential Failure Modes Analysis describes the relationship between the PFMA process and instrumented and visual monitoring of dams. This White Paper was prepared by the USSD Committee on Monitoring of Dams and Their Foundations.


Materials for Embankment Dams is a report prepared by the USSD Committee on Materials for Embankment Dams. The report provides an outline of important points that need to be recognized and understood when selecting material for use in embankment dams.


The Aging of Embankment Dams is a White Paper prepared by the USSD Committee on Materials for Embankment Dams. The White Paper is of interest to owners of dams and those responsible for the safety of existing dams. The report notes that there are aging processes, and a project may develop aging characteristics which need to be examined, studied and remedied to preclude a safety issue.


Why Include Instrumentation in Dam Monitoring Programs? is a white paper prepared by the USSD Monitoring of Dams and Their Foundations. An effective dam safety monitoring program is essential for dam owners to manage the risks associated with the operations and maintenance of a dam. The use of instrumentation can improve the dam owner's ability to monitor the on-going safe performance of the dam by providing more comprehensive and timelier information.


Strength of Materials for Embankment Dams is a white paper prepared by the USSD Committee on Materials for Embankment Dams. The paper is intended to be a "living document" that presents the "state of the practice" for determining fill strength parameters for earthfill embankment dams and the static analysis of embankment dams.


The Executive Summary of Planning Processes for the Development of Dams and Reservoirs - Public Involvement and Alternatives Analysis: A Framework for Successful Decision-Making is based on a USSD White Paper that is now available. The White Paper presents a multidisciplinary decision-making process for the development of dams and reservoirs focusing on public involvement and the analysis of alternatives.


Summary of USSD White Paper on Dam Safety Risk Assessment, encapsulates a newly released USSD publication White Paper on Dam Safety Risk Assessment: What Is It? Who's Using It and Why? Where Should We Be Going With It? To purchase the 41-page publication, link to USSD Publications for Sale.




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